Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Where Will You Be in the Year 3333?

When I was young, a song was out called, 'In the Year 2525'. I had an eerie feeling when I heard this song. The song went on to describe life in the year 2525, 3535, and so on. If time continues, then someday, the year 2525 will be here. Neither you nor I will still be living in our physical bodies though. The Bible is clear in that it says "It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this, the judgment". Every person that has been born is appointed to die. Every person will face God and give an account of his or her life. The Bible talks about books being opened. There is a book with all our deeds recorded. Everything in your life and my life is being recorded. The Bible also talks about the 'Book of Life' . Everyone whose name is written in this 'Book of Life' will go to heaven. If a person's name is not in the Book of Life, he or she will spend eternity in hell.
   What determines where a person goes when he or she dies? Can a person be good enough for heaven? Is there anyone who has perfectly kept the 10 Commandments their entire life? Yes, there is only One person who did this. The Bible says that everyone has sinned. When we die and are before God, everything will be there for Him to see. All our unrighteous deeds will be there. Even our good works will be there, but they can't erase or cancel out the bad things we have done.
   There is a person who did live a perfect, sinless life. He lived a good life that was acceptable to God. We can get into heaven on His score. We can't get into heaven on our score, because we have sinned, and sin requires an eternal payment. 2,000 years ago, God sent His Son to come to earth, live a perfect, sinless life, die a horrible, torturous death, so that we could go to heaven. Not only that, but we can be delivered from all our sins. We don't have to live sinful, self-centered lives any more. Jesus died so you and I can be free from sin, as well as forgiven of our debt from sin.
   We have to repent of sin. We have to let go of our 'rights to ourselves'. You see, we love ourselves. We love ourselves more than we love God. We are more important to ourselves than God is to us. God wants us to love Him more than anything else. He wants to have a relationship with us. We can't have a relationship with God until we are born into His family (born again). When we repent of our sin and trust in Him, we are born again. We now have the power to say 'no' to sin, and 'yes' to righteousness. We also get a new heart that wants to love God and people. We don't have to live selfishly anymore. Plus, Jesus rose from the grave three days after He died for our sin. Today, He lives in Heaven and is praying for those who belong to Him.
   So, where will you be in the year 3333? There are only two options; heaven, for people who know God. Jesus is their Savior from sin. They are 'born again' and their names are written in the 'Book of Life', and the second option is, hell. Hell is for people who live for their own glory and desires. It is for people who do not trust in Jesus for their salvation. It is a place for people to pay for their sins.
   Every time a person breaks a Commandment, it is sin. Sin is breaking God's law. God says that we should not lie. If we lie, we have broken one of His Commandments. We need to have an atonement made for that sin. Jesus provided the atonement for our sins, but it is not enough for us to just know about this. We have to apply this to our own lives. If we steal, or commit adultery, we have sinned. Even just one time, or even just one Commandment, we are guilty of sin.
   Life in eternity doesn't end either. People who end up in hell will never be able to get out. People who end up in heaven will never have to worry about going to hell. Today, you can be 100% sure that you will be in heaven one day. You can have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me". There is no other way to heaven. Jesus provides the only way. Will you trust Him today? Please turn from your sin and trust in Him. You can talk to God right now and tell Him you want to be saved from His wrath. You can ask God to forgive you of all your sin. Thank God for sending Jesus to die in your place, so you don't have to spend eternity in hell.
    If you would like more help or have questions, or even a prayer request, please email me at: RUgood@mail.com